Patients’ preferences for information during chemotherapy
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Patients’ preferences for information during chemotherapy

Carole Farrell Nurse and allied health professions research fellow, School of Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Gary Witham Senior lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Carole Farrell and Gary Witham report on survey findings that highlight the emotional effect on patients during treatment and the need to reassess patients’ ongoing need for knowledge

Aim To identify patients’ perceptions of information about prognosis and chemotherapy.

Method A questionnaire survey was undertaken.

Results A heterogeneous sample of 94 patients revealed that 89 (96%) had received written information about their chemotherapy, however, there were differences in their perceptions of its usefulness, sources, recall and understanding.

Conclusion The results highlighted implications for healthcare professionals regarding the emotional effects on patients during information exchange, and the possibility of unmet information needs.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 10, 16-23. doi: 10.7748/cnp.13.10.16.e1152


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 October 2014

Accepted: 11 November 2014